Paris: F. Didot for Lami Denozan, (1828). 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. cxlvi, 48 pages + 11 leaves bearing the lithographs uncolored. Title page & 10 half-page lithographic vignettes by Richard Parkes Bonington (6) and Monnier (4). Bound by Charles de Samblanx in Romantic style in black straight grain morocco, central Arabesque in gold with raised design painted pink, green, & gold; pink calf doubles with multiple gilt rules, elaborate corner pieces inlaid with turquoise morocco; pink moire flyleaves, marbled endpapers (one with the armorial bookplate of Baron de Launoit); spine richly gilt is signed at the foot. The original (and meant to be temporary) wraps with label are bound in. Extremely slight wear. Fine copy of a very pretty book. Item #16222
Deluxe colored copy in an outstanding Belgian binding. The lithographs were made with pen, printed on China paper, and mounted with the text, which is printed in a batarde type face. In this deluxe copy, a leaf bearing the lithograph in its natural state is inserted before each appearance of the colored one within the text. The large opening initials also are colored & gilded. The fables are followed by a section of commentary. Gordon Ray (The Art of the Illustrated French Book 1700 to 1914, pages 173-176) writes of Bonington "his importance in the development of lithography can hardly be overstated." They are intentionally primitive in conception. The title page supports Bouchot's contention (p. 91) that Bonington may be commenting ironically on the Hours of Simon Vostre."